“It’s going to be long days and a lot of work,” Jakus said, adding that six or seven students signed up for the program. “As we get going, I know more people are going to want to get involved.”
Once plants are ready for harvest, the students will sell them at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market. Revenue from the market will return to the garden project budget to sustain the program.
The class might also try to set up contracts to sell to restaurants, Jakus said.
If the program grows over the years and it earns more money than it needs to sustain itself, The Crossing also wants to provide the produce to nonprofits.
“I’m working with five, six, seven high schoolers who’ve never done this before,” Jakus said. “It’s going to be very special, very unique because these kids, who dropped out of high school, are going to be giving back to their community.”
• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at email@example.com.